OU Applauds Sweeping Change in NYC For Families With Special Needs Children

June 24, 2014
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Senator Simcha Felder (center) meets with a delegation of students with special needs and parents during the OU Advocacy-Yachad mission to Albany

OU Advocacy’s work with New York state legislators promoting Special Ed legislation culminated with today’s announcement by New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio of sweeping changes within the New York City Department of Education (DOE) for families with children with special needs.

The agreement between Speaker Silver and Mayor de Blasio ends the DOE’s practice of automatically challenging private school placements for children with special needs.

OU Advocacy partnered with Agudath Israel and the New York Catholic Conference to support the Special Ed bills before the New York State legislature. Last week, OU Advocacy and Yachad, the National Jewish Council for Disabilities (NJCD), brought a delegation of students with special needs and parents to Albany to advocate for the bills.

Read the full story on the OU Advocacy website.

LISTEN: Yachad’s Eli Hagler speaks with Nachum Segal about the announcement on JM in the AM.